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Amid Centre's flip-flop, Court may let Italian ship leave

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APItalian marine Massimiliano Latorre hugs his sister at the central prison in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday.
The Centre tied itself in knots on Friday, telling the Supreme Court that India had no jurisdiction to detain an Italian ship involved in the shooting deaths of two Indian fishermen off the coast of Kerala, only to clarify several hours later that the senior legal official who made this dramatic claim on its behalf had given his personal opinion.  
Additional Solicitor-General Harin Raval submitted before a Bench of Justices R.M. Lodha and H.L. Gokhale that the Italy-flagged tanker, Enrica Lexie, was not in Indian waters when the shooting incident occurred.
Echoing legal arguments made by the Italian government � which wants the two marines now facing serious charges in a Kerala court repatriated to face trial back home � he said the ship was in international waters 20.5 nautical miles off the Indian coast whereas India's territorial jurisdiction extended only up to 12 nautical miles. The ASG's assertion directly contradicts statements by high officials in Kerala as well as the Ministry of External Affairs, which rejected Rome's claim that an Indian court had no right to try its marines for the shooting.
�Are you saying that Kerala police have no jurisdiction to probe?,� the Bench asked the ASG. �It is very unfortunate and it can't be acceptable.  How can you take such a stand, when two Indian citizens have been killed?� it said. The ASG insisted this was the Centre's stand. The Bench then indicated that the detained ship be allowed to leave India after it imposed certain conditions.  .

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